Examples of websites completed by Greg Caie, Freelance designer for Piccante Web Design
Riverside Apartment, Taupo, New Zealand
The addition of a second apartment in their portfolio required TaupoAccommodation.co to update their website. The 'contextual' sub-menu and responsive main menu is a great way for travellers on the go to navigate the site and the 'lazy loading' main images mean the page loads really fast. Swipe support on the banner images is essential for touch-sensitive devices too. Beautiful apartments, beautiful website. Need a place to stay when in the North Island? Contact Riverside Apartment for a booking!
Bed and Breakfast, Tuscany, Italy
Follonico - a restored farmhouse, was a labour of love for many years for its owners, Fabio and Suzanne. Their dream was to bring it back to life as a boutique B&B and the result is astonishing. Four beautifully restored suites, two charming rooms. Fabio and Suzanne are amazing hosts - once you've had a look at the site why not book that flight to Italy and go and see them?
A History of Hong Kong Typhoons - From 1874
A definitive guide to typhoons in Hong Kong
An incredible work written by Michael J Jones, a former British Merchant Navy officer with over 40 years experience in the Hong Kong shipping industry. This book includes chapters specifically describing some of Hong Kong's most significant typhoon events, occurring between 1874 and the present day. It also includes chapters with detailed information on Hong Kong's rainfall, floods, landslides, water rationing, water supply, reservoirs and typhoon shelters. A History of Hong Kong Typhoons - From 1874 is available for purchase online.
Villa Amita, Bali
In Sanskrit Amita means 'without limits' and this stunning luxury villa on The Bukit in Bali needed a website that performed to the same standard. Truly responsive and mobile friendly for the discerning traveller, the Villa Amita site captures the essence of the the villa by a mosaic of beautiful images, ever-changing as you navigate the site. The simple but effective logo was also designed by Piccante Web Design to literally reflect the colours of the pool and facade of the Villa itself. Check out Villa Amita for yourself, but be warned that you will probably want to book it!
Fitness U - Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai
The original website for Fitness U served Managing Director Tali Weiss well for over five years, but with web trends moving fast it was time for an update. Rather than a refresh, the site was completely overhauled with content re-written and images updated. It was time to say goodbye to the non-responsive layout and introduce big, bold images in the banner and update the online shopping experience - while retaining the iconic logo that has been well viewed on digital and print media.
A2Z Pools - New Zealand
Specialists in swimming pool refurbishment including full re-plaster and paint services, A2Z became our clients when they needed to upgrade their website to a responsive solution. A complete overhaul was required and I produced this beautiful one-off design for them to showcase their services. The addition of four image galleries that A2Z Pools can update themselves made it easy for them to add their own photos at will.
Release Massage - Hamilton, New Zealand
Shaanika is a newly qualified Massage Therapist who came to Piccante looking for a fresh, new look in a website. As a small business start-up, Release was working to a budget so we came to the rescue with a great design (well, we think so!) that didn't cost the earth. Naturally, the website is responsive - working on mobile devices was a big priority for Release - and it incorporates some great imagery to get you moving towards that relaxed, freshly-massaged state. Get in touch with Release to make a booking.
Casa Cima, Lake Lugano, Italy
The new owners of 'Casa Cima' in Cima di Porlezza needed a fantastic website to promote their italian villa - in a fairly short timeframe. Always ready to take up a challenge, Piccante talked at length with the owners to establish their requirements before producing this custom-built, beautiful and responsive design. The site needed a balance of performance for SEO traction without sacrificing the beauty of imagery which is used extensively.<
If you are planning a trip to Lake Lugano or the Como area then why not check out Casa Cima for yourself?
Chrissy Denton Health and Fitness
Chrissy Denton, Hong Kong
Chrissy wanted a fresh, responsive (mobile friendly) website to show her health and fitness services off at their best. She included a blog (with some great articles and recipes we have to say!) and ecommerce for her fitness programs and Nuzest health products. Feeling the need to get into shape in Hong Kong? Give her a call - or at least check out her website for some motivation!
ALM Group, Hamilton, New Zealand
A site makeover was required by ALM to update the look of their existing website. Working closely with the team at ALM Group to understand their requirements and target market was an important part in this project. The scope and breadth of the website was a challenge in that we had to achieve a great user experience that included ALM Group's core elements - Allisee Motorhomes, Avida Motorhomes and Caravans, Jurgens Caravans, Enduro Boats and Trailers in addition to Andrew Fink Marine, Servicing and their onsite sales of stock motorhomes and caravans.
The younger sibling to LittleLocal, DimSum Baby is a completely new project for Michelle French, providing super cute asian-influenced designs in babies clothing (onesies). The DimSum Baby range currently focuses on the 'Year of the Monkey' - the perfect gift for the little monkey in your life. Minimalist and striking in design, DimSum Baby is another responsive design by Piccante Web Design - always bespoke, always custom-designed for our unique clients. No templates or WordPress used here, friends.
White House Black
White House Black, Christchurch, New Zealand
The incredibly cool White House Black in Halswell, Christchurch is a cafe, restaurant and event / reception venue all rolled into one. This app-style website features some great imagery and touch-capable menus which can be swiped through on your tablet or smartphone. Proprietors Chris and Mel are fanatical about the quality of the coffee and food presented and their drinks and wine list is continually being added to. Pay them a visit, they are at 265 Halswell Road, Christchurch.
The Headland Samui
The Headland, Koh Samui, Thailand
The stunning images of beautiful Koh Samui are splashed proudly at the top of this responsive website designed for the Headland. The five villas are presented with their own image gallery and availability calendars provide the user with up-to-date information for booking. The luxurious nature of these villas needed to be represented by a modern and classy website and I think the result is elegant and impressive - a site I am proud to have in my portfolio.
The Housekeeper, Auckland, New Zealand
The Housekeeper, aka Rachael Quin needed a more professional front to her rocketing house cleaning and management business. Designed for busy professionals and families in Auckland, the Housekeeper offers much more than just cleaning and domestic tidying. The design and colours were chosen with Rachael's new car in mind - hey, we know the importance of that - the red Piccante 500 is testiment to that - and these elements will soon be converted into vehicle livery for her grey Fiat 500.
The Winery Cafe
The Winery Cafe
A beautiful, app style demonstration site. Featuring responsive menu and images, this site also has a built-in ecommerce capability to sell products using PayPal. This wonderful production is for sale to one purchaser only - like all of Piccante's designs they are one-off, bespoke creations for unique clients!
Vincisive, United Kingdom
This superbly elegant and minimalist site was developed for specialist wine importers and distributors - Vincisive of the UK. Featuring a subtle shopping cart and sliding information panels this site was able to retain its clean and uncluttered look, yet provides more detail than initially meets the eye.
Bronze Mobile Spray Tanning and Hair Extensions, Hong Kong
The delightful logo of Bronze inspired our fusion look of a modern responsive website with classic detail and some retro sparkle. Wonderful images compliment the simple layout of Vennessa Frederick's beautiful website.
La Bastide, Provence, France
A wonderful luxury villa in the south of France. La Bastide exemplifies luxury, relaxation, fun and comfort in 600 square metres of hand-carved stone style. Set on three levels, the main villa sleeps up to 12 adults and five children. There is also a self-contained apartment in the 'Pigeonnier' tower. A beautiful website for a fabulous property.
Doctor Rigo Alberigo
Integrative Medical service, Hong Kong
Doctor Rigo's website features some nice effects and subtle touches making this a very modern and attractive site for his clients to 'pay him a visit'. The top menu fades as the user scrolls down the page and a stylish image rotator informs and provides some light animation. Quality, professional images round this site off resulting in a clean and timeless design.
KuKo - Kultural Kompass
Immersion Spanish Language Courses, Spain
Kultural Kompass (KuKo) based in Hong Kong offers a range of immersion spanish courses in Barcelona for students and young people. The theme of travel was taken into the design for KuKo's website, with a brochure style flat and colourful design that is very much a current trend in design and user interface in today's tablet and phone operating systems. The timeless white background is complemented by a menu that slides open revealing more information about the courses that they offer. Spanish anyone?
Gull Wing watches
GULL-WING watches, Germany
A GULL-WING watch is a modern tribute to iconic engineering masterpieces. They strive to combine the latest technical innovations with traditional watch-making heritage and craftsmanship and we produced their website to the same exacting standards.
Heidi's Cakes of Lechlade
Custom cake design, United Kingdom
The attention to detail of Heidi's cakes is inspiring. So we at Piccante Web Design needed to create a site that could display the amazing creations that Heidi hand-makes in all their glory. It was important to Heidi that she could easily add images to her image galleries herself - and as an avid Flickr user this was the best way to do this. We modifed a gallery that took a feed from Flickr so that everytime a new photo was uploaded to her Flickr account it automatically featured on her website.
Diving eco-tourism, Phillipines
Spindrift Reefs website is a visual underwater symphony of colour and peace. A strong image was carefully manipulated to ensure excellent text readability on all screens and media devices. The iconic spiral shell logo was another Piccante design at no extra cost to our client.
Surf Ski Hong Kong
Surf Ski and accessory supplier, Hong Kong
Barbara Yendell's website covers many aspects of her passion for water sports and surf skis in particular. Products from the acclaimed 'Epic' brand feature heavily but the website includes a gallery of her fantastic images too.
Lingerie, maternity, sleepwear and shapewear, Hong Kong
Finding beautiful lingerie in Hong Kong can be a struggle, especially for mothers-to-be. Sexy maternity wear, sportsbras, lingerie, shapewear and sleepwear are their speciality and these are displayed using a 'lightbox' style image viewer. A sleek sliding image menu provies a visually appealing way of navigating this site which maintains the strong black and red / burgundy theme of Bralicious' distinctive look.
Fitness, Nutrition and Training, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing
The dynamic team of Henry and Abby de Beer make up Impact Fitness, Hong Kong. Specialising in outdoor fitness training, running coaching and nutrition, Impact Fitness can change your life. Take up their Body Transformation Challenge and be amazed at what you can do with their help.
Three Monkeys Public House
Edinburgh Public House, Scotland
This website packs a lot of punch - technically and with the impression it makes online. Its interactive features include news updating via a live Twitter feed, Content Editing System (including an editable photo gallery with lighbox viewer) and google map with custom marker. There is even the capability for its owners to add MP3 tracks that feature in the monthly gigs.
Investment partners and managers, Hong Kong
A responsive website that features a strong asian influence in its use of imagery. The Charm Invest website was produced after an excellent relationship was established with this top-tier investment firm that specialises in private equity, real estate, real assets and hedge fund structures.
Catering and events company, Hong Kong
Pomegranate Kitchen is a Hong Kong based full-service catering and event company that wanted an image-rich website to display the magnficent food they can prepare. A sliding image menu is a key feature of this beautiful, inspiring website.
Tuscany Property Advisors
Real Estate finding and advice service, Italy
Finding your property in Tuscany or Umbria can be a daunting prospect. This will seem less-so after visiting Tuscany Property Advisors' website which, like the cooking in Italy, is uncomplicated and has taste! Keeping up the italian emphasis of looking good, this site uses some clever space saving techniques and custom scroll handles to avoid the aesthetically displeasing web-browser scroll bars. Che bello!
Thomson Fine Art
Fine Art, Hong Kong / Asia
Jonathan Thomson's eye for aesthetics can take much of the credit for the look and function of this website - Piccante quite simply provided the technical know-how for this project. The navigation is reminiscent of progressing systematically through a gallery or exhibition and the clean minimalist layout showcases the artworks to perfection.
Music Remedy, Hong Kong
A dual-language (english and chinese) website for a Music Remedy class provider in Hong Kong. Eye-pleasing simplicity and elegance.
Heating, Air Conditioning and home energy management, New Zealand
This magazine-style website features a Content Editing System so its owners can keep the site content fresh and up-to-date.
Photography and commissioned image projects, Hong Kong
A gallery-based website featuring the amazing photography of Brett Ford. Superb images from Hong Kong and around the world are showcased in several galleries featuring a thumbnail slider, viewer and lightbox. Designed for larger screens to optimise each image, this site is ideally viewed on screen sizes 1280 pixels wide or larger.
Life Coaching, Hong Kong
Strong images, professional-quality photographs and swathes of colour set this site apart. Large amounts of text on any one page are avoided by using accordion-style dropdowns to keep the aesthetics sublime and appealing. Unashamedly, absolutely, irrestistibly feminine!
Childrens drama classes, Hong Kong
Speak Up wanted a website that was modern and uncluttered in appearance, yet had to show they took their fun seriously! A combination of playful photographs and artistic graphics brings this drama school site to life, appealing to adults and children alike. Bite-sized pieces of key information are displayed on the main site pages, while images and additional information opens nicely in translucent window overlays where more detail is required. A site that truly reflects modern website design.
Paul Milburn Photography
Paul Milburn Photography, Hong Kong
Stunning images from Hong Kong, mainland China, Southeast Asia and further afield are simply canvassed and presented in a minimalist gallery viewer. A popout side menu keeps the focus on the photographs.
Counselling and Psychotherapy, Hong Kong
As providers of counselling services to school children, teenagers and adults, the Phoenix Practice website had to appeal to all target groups. Piccante provided the complete web service for this client including free logo creation, web hosting service, design and limited Search Engine Marketing (SEM) services.
Unique clothing designs, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia
Little Local is a new business based in Hong Kong selling hooded sweatshirts and other products featuring unique local designs. A heavy e-commerce site was not required as the PayPal mini-cart fit the site perfectly. The advantages of using PayPal mini-cart is that the purchaser does not have to leave your website when making multiple purchases and of course Piccante can integrate the shopping cart into your website seamlessly.
Two types of image viewer are incorporated into the Little Local site, a slider / viewer on the homepage and a lightbox viewer on the product page.